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Setup Sleep (S3) and Wake on Lan (WOL)

The following are my notes for setting up my Unraid server to sleep to S3 state and then wake up to Magic Packet. This is a 'For Beginners, By Beginners' effort - there's very little original work here. I just tried to piece together whatever I needed from various threads on the Unraid forums. My server uses a Foxconn A7GM-S AMD 780G/SB700 based motherboard, and I am running Unraid 4.4.2. In general, I think the below is procedurally correct - although different motherboards will have different capabilities and driver concerns. Also - all computers with access to my Unraid server are Windows machines, I do not know how any of this would change if accessing from a machine with a different OS. The following assumes the use of a Windows machine.

1. BIOS settings for S1 / S3 sleep state

  • Review BIOS settings on Unraid server for allowable sleep states.
  • On my motherboard, the setting is "ACPI Suspend Type" and provides option to either suspend to S1 or S3 sleep state. Select S3.

2. BIOS settings for WOL

  • Review BIOS settings on Unraid server for "Resume by" options.
  • My motherboard has a setting for "Resume by LAN". It can be enabled or disabled. You need to enable "Resume by LAN".

3. Double check NIC WOL settings

  • Boot Unraid server.

  • Use the Terminal on the WebUI (present in v6, one of the buttons in the upper right corner, or fall-back to SSH or Telnet and type ethtool eth0 from the command line

  • You're looking to confirm that the setting for "Wake-on" includes 'g' . . . which is the option for allowing Wake on Magic Packet. We're essentially confirming the BIOS settings from Step 2 above.

  • The results of my ethtool eth0 command are as follows:

    root@Tower:~# ethtool eth0
    Settings for eth0:
    Supported ports: [ TP MII ]
    Supported link modes: 10baseT/Half 10baseT/Full
    100baseT/Half 100baseT/Full
    1000baseT/Half 1000baseT/Full
    Supports auto-negotiation: Yes
    Advertised link modes: 10baseT/Half 10baseT/Full
    100baseT/Half 100baseT/Full
    1000baseT/Half 1000baseT/Full
    Advertised auto-negotiation: Yes
    Speed: 1000Mb/s
    Duplex: Full
    Port: MII
    PHYAD: 0
    Transceiver: internal
    Auto-negotiation: on
    Supports Wake-on: pumbg
    Wake-on: g
    Current message level: 0x00000033 (51)
    Link detected: yes
  • If the wake-on setting does not include 'g', you can set it manually by typing the following at the server command line:

    ethtool -s eth0 wol g
  • If necessary, you can add the above line to your 'go' script, but I've not had a problem with my machine keeping the setting once it is set and the appropriate Wake on LAN setting is enabled in BIOS.

4. Download wolcmd executable

  • Go to Depicus 'Wake on Lan' page, select Download button near the bottom
  • I placed the file in C:\Program Files\WOLcmd (location becomes important in next step)
  • There are other Magic Packet tools available, this is just one that I found simple to deal with.

5. Generate Wakeup.bat batch file (or download mine from here)

  • My batch file is simply two lines

    • Change folder directory as necessary depending on where you saved wolcmd.exe.

    • Enter the MAC address of your Unraid server in the second line instead of 'MAC'

      cd c:\program files\wolcmd
      wolcmd MAC
  • Place the batch file on your desktop for easy access.

  • Copy of my batch file attached to this Unraid forum post

6. Manually test sleep and WOL

  • Spin-down drives (I'm not certain that this is required. I did force sleep from the active state (spinning) once before and got a parity check on wake-up. I'll test some more.)
  • Telnet to server and enter echo 3 >/proc/acpi/sleep
    • Ensure server sleeps
  • Execute Wakeup.bat file
    • Ensure server wakes up
  • Repeat / test until comfortable

Note: Some people have reported that their system misbehaves on the second or later sleep, so you should test sleep and wake-up for a while and make sure everything is correct. In fact, I just noticed that waking up from S3 sleep, my system does not negotiate a gigabit connection and I go from 1000Mb/s to 100Mb/s after the initial sleep. So I have a little more work to do -- I'm guessing a Linux driver issue?

7. Record hard drive references (sda, sdb, etc)

  • From Unraid 'Devices' page, make note of the hard drive references in your system. You're building a list of hard drives in the system for use in the sleep script.
    • I am currently only using two SATA drives, so my drive references are: sda and sdb

8. Generate sleep script, or download mine from here

drives="/dev/sda /dev/sdb"
while [ 1 ]
hdparm -C $drives | grep -q active
if [ $? -eq 1 ]
if [ $count -le 0 ]
# Do pre-sleep activities
sleep 5
# Go to sleep
echo 3 > /proc/acpi/sleep
# Do post-sleep activities
# Force NIC into gigabit mode
# (might be needed forgets about gigabit when it wakes up)
ethtool -s eth0 speed 1000
# Force a DHCP renewal (shouldn't be used for static-ip boxes)
/sbin/dhcpcd -n
sleep 5
# Wait a minute
echo COUNT $count
sleep 60
  • timeout=5 and count=5 are programmable timers to set the delay from spin-down until sleep. This sets the delay to five minutes after spin down, OMV's original script was 15 minutes.
  • drives= line needs to be edited to reflect the drives that you want to be checked for status (idle or spinning). Again, my server only has two drives (sda and sdb), so I edited accordingly. Be aware that this drive list can change when upgrading Unraid or modifying your hardware. It can even change from one boot to the next. For example, your flash drive may be assigned sdc on one boot, but sdd on the next boot, with one of your hard drives assigned to sdd the first time, and sdc the next time.
  • Copy of my sleep script attached to this Unraid forum post

9. Save script onto flash drive in specified location

  • I titled my sleep script and saved in /boot/custom/bin

IMPORTANT: "boot" is already the name of the root directory of your flash device. So, if you save your script as per this example, do not create another "boot" directory. Doing so will cause Unraid to lose track of your config directory and your entire configuration will be lost (unless previously backed up elsewhere.)

10. Edit 'go' file to call script

  • I added the following lines to my go script to initiate the sleep script during boot:
# Execute sleep script
fromdos < /boot/custom/bin/ | at now + 1 minute
  • Make sure you adjust file directory structure as necessary depending upon where you saved your script.

11. Re-boot / test

Good luck!